with Jonathan Swinton

The Northwest is proud of Alan Turing but does it deserve to be? In this talk, local writer Jonathan Swinton sheds surprising new light on the last years of Turing’s life after Bletchley Park. The codebreaker and mathematician, who will be the new face of the £50 note, spent most of the 20th century in obscurity, and Manchester, which now adopts him as a patron saint, forgot about him most of all.

Jonathan shows how the divides of Cold War Britain, between men and women, gay and straight, north and south, influenced Turing’s reception. And how one life ended tragically early – in the post-war suburbs – while busy creating the computer.

Jonathan’s new book, Alan Turing’s Manchester, is a richly illustrated account of lives lived in the city which gave the world the computer.


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